It was not clear from early work in optimality theory how the theory could attack the rich range of phenomena now found in segmental alterations. However, there is now a body of work that concentrates on working out the details of featural phonology with OT, demonstrating that the theory allows superior explanations of the typological possibilities and the underlying motivations for these phenomena. This volume brings together current work by some of the influential researchers in this area, ranging from the authors of recent influential dissertations to prominent senior faculty.
List of contributors; Introduction Linda Lombardy; Part I. The Content of Representations: 1. Why place and voice are different: constraint-specific alternations in optimality theory Linda Lombardi; 2. Constraints and representations in subsegmental phonology Cheryl Zoll; 3. Phonological contrast and articulatory effort Robert Kirchner; 4. Markedness, segment realization, and locality in spreading Máire Níchiosain and Jaye Padgett; Part II. The Content of Constraints: 5. Austronesian nasal substitution revisited: what's wrong with *ṆC (and what's not) Joe Pater; 6. A critical view of licensing by cue: codas and obstruents in Eastern Andalusian Spanish Chip Gerfen; Part III. The Structure of the Grammar: Approaches to Opacity; 7. Segmental unmarkedness versus input preservation in reduplication Moira Yip; 8. Local conjunction and extending sympathy theory: OCP effects in Yucatec Maya Haruka Fukazawa; 9. Structure preservation and stratal opacity in German Junko Ito and Armin Mester; Index.